Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 471
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-15-2003

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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 471
Photo of seanbhudson
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with 100109 date. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium light tan head.
Light aroma of toasted malt, caramel, squaw bread comes to mind. If the beer tasted like it smelled, I would have liked it more.
Grainy malt, rye and hints of earth.
Medium body. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Nice mouthfeel leaning toward silky.
A simple easy drinking red. Not much complexity. As I wouldn't drink this for flavor, I wish it had a bit more doughy malt to make it a session beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-0912-Tim (565 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my tumbler. The ale appears a hazed crimson amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramelized malt, medium toast, floral and pine-y hops, a bit of lemon and orange, somewhat grassy. Medium body and amply carbonated with a bitter finish. (307 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a East End Pint glass.

Mermaid puts out with a red amber appearance. The liquid is clean with a nice off white head that reaches a inch and a half with some froth to it. Barely clinging lace.

Smell is pretty simple with a big malt base and some caramel swirl. A nice amount of hopping with some bittering, floral hops, in fact the hops beat the malt out by a hair. Smells like a hoppy west coast red.

Starts off with a nice hop base thats floral and somewhat bitter with a small amount of pine in the back. The malt gives off some caramel and slight toffee but not as much as some east coast red's i've drank. A simple style that's done right.

A easy going slightly above light bodied beer with a nice mix of hops and malt and a slight bittering on the tounge Nice carb and no alcohol taste. I would not have a problem drinking a few of these in a sitting but mermaid is not something I would look for regularly. (940 characters)

Photo of drcarver
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I have to agree with GRG1313 it has one of the best heads I have ever seen. Fluffy with thick lacing and it lasts for the ENTIRE beer. It sits on a nice amber colored body.

S - The aroma is all cascade hop. It isn't overpowering, but it beats the sweet malt smell I usually associate with a red into submission.

T - Almost an IPA in the amout of hop in this beer. Very floral with bits of pine. Not bad, but not what I was expecting or hoping for. The is a bit of malt, but no chocolate or caramel as the bottle claims.

M - Full bodied with a hop aftertaste that lingers well after the beer is finished. Leaves a dry slightly metallic feeling as well.

D - Not bad. (672 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.7% abv as stated on bottle;

Pours a deep copper red with a thick, firm and solid pillowy off white head. Neat, full lacing and one of the best looking heads I've seen.

Nose is assertive orange peel and a bit of holiday spice.

Mouthfeel is thin but fresh and with a crisp carbonation.

Flavor is somewhat single dimensional lemon/grapefruit skin with a very light lemon/citric honey undertone. Not terribly complex but takes on a lemon mouse character that really grows on you.

Grapefruit/lemon finish that ends with some pine and pine resin.

This is one that grows on you as you drink it! (601 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Richmond's Bar and Grill last night for five dollars, glad to see a Coronado made it into my hometown spot, color is medium to dark red with some highlights around the rim, one inch slightly off white head, decent retention, some lacing at first, aroma consists of caramel malt, some hops, toasty malts, lemon, pine, earthiness, and toffee, flavor starts off with dry hops that are a little grassy, some toasted and chewy malts in the middle which turns into sweeter and more rounded caramel later on, finish is also dry and full of hops, fair amount of citrus in there once it warmed, dry, earthy and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, could drink another pint of this but it is a little heavy at times, not as smooth for this style than others, can sweeten up a bit as it warms up too, malt loses its toastiness, nice hop profile for an amber, cool to see that bottles are available of this stuff now too, would drink again, worth trying (976 characters)

Photo of yaegerje
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On bottle, pint glass.

A - Beautiful rusty brown color, nice tan head with good carbonation.

S - Pleasing citrus notes and some spunky hoppiness.

T - Keeps getting better, nice and hoppy and possibly coriander.

M - Incredibly smooth and clean.

D - I really enjoyed this beer all around, would be great with some red meat. (327 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruddy brown color with a tan head. No lacing, okay retention. Aroma is sweet citrus with some caramel. Flavor is caramel and crystal malts with some sweet orangey hops. Another boring red ale. Medium body, too sweet. Yawn. (250 characters)

Photo of constahoogan
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich deep copper/brown color that pours a creamy 3/4" head. Lacing is intense and very attractive.

S - toasted Oat/malt notes with a small central spike of alcohol, very minimal hop presence at the nose. I think I pick up a hint of plums or raisin in there. (can't quite put my finger on it).

T - A bit out of order from the nose. First the plummy raisin hints then the dry hop bitterness with the malts at the end of the palate.

M - This Brew really quenches me. The carbonation is well balanced. That dry hoppiness at the end just indulges me to the next sip.

D - As I said in the Mouthfeel, I just requires my palate's attention. I wish i had purchased 2 12oz. bottles instead of just one. Very refreshing. (720 characters)

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark cloudy red, with a nice tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: some malts, some hops, inviting.
Taste: somewhat hoppy for a red, but well balanced. Not your malty, caramely Irish-style red, but rather a bigger, hoppier west coast version of a red ale.
Mouthfeel: med-full bodied, very satisfying.
Drinkability: awesome stuff, I was most pleasantly surprised.
I like a nice Irish-red, and loved the heavier, hoppier, bigger west coast twist on it.
The heavier use of hops makes it go with more foods than your blander Irish red which goes better with blander foods, such as fish & chips.
This brew can hold its own against more of a variety of dishes. I loved everything about it. Excellent stuff!

Checked the ABV on the bottle,it is at 5.7% (764 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Whitbread in many respects. Pours very dark red to brown with nice contrastng head. Nose has a ripe fruit component with malt. Palate offers sweet malty base with balancing hops, reminding me of cherry cough drops. Medium bodied. Refreshing. (255 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer I had on my West Coast trip... It pours a nice copper red, the beer was a little Hoppier than I would have expected for a red, but this is CA so I guess this is to be expected here. It was enjoyable and I would drink again. As an added bonus there is a 10% coupon off your food bill if you visit their restaurant on Coronado Island. All in all a good start with hopefully better beers to come. (404 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Coronado Brew Pub.

Poured a darker reddish color (with some brown it) and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and some floral hops. Tastes of the same caramel, floral hops, and ligthly earhty. Lightly sweet with a bitter balance.

Notes from: 12/1/04 (280 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Pours brownish-red with a short off-white head. Nutty and caramel aroma, strangely, without a lot of hops. More of the same in the taste with biscuits, metal and a bitter cascade finish. Lots of caramel. Kind of a malt-bomb for a red. Expected more resin/grapefruit for a SoCal red, but maybe that's just their style. (322 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the brewery.

pours a brown-red with a small head and good lacing.

smell is of hops, sweet malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is of caramel, some hops, and toffee in the back.

very simular to the other three samples i had at this sitting. (252 characters)

Photo of opwog
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Pablo Moses - A Song

Thanks to San Diego Brewing for having this on cask!

A- Deep reddish brown, with a very thin, kinda rough, head.
S- mild nose all around, and can pull out all major parts of the beer. This cask did seem to have a bit more hop in the nose, but the waitress had no details about this specific cask
T- Great mix of malt and hops with a crisp, dry finish. Some citrus.
M- As a cask, this was served cooler than most places. But also as a cask, the carbonation was less present and left the beer with a much more malty feel
D- This was a great companion to the jalapeno beer cheese soup! (623 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red head mermaids? Poured a mostly clear darker red color with darker amber hues throughout. A good pour leaves a nice frothy white head. Good retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose has a blend of malt and hops and is well represented. A more caramel malt aroma with some lighter toffee and a hint a bready aromas. A more west coast hop nose with some citrus and piney/earthy notes. Some yeasty notes as well, but a light fruity esters, plums and bananas. Some lighter oxidation as well.

The taste is limited compared to the nose but still comes out. Caramel mostly on the malt side but some chocolate and toffee notes as well. Subtle bready notes, but mostly detectable if you look for it. Some soapy notes in the finish as well. The hops are a bit stronger than the malt with a nice orange citrus and a lighter pine flavor in the finish. Bitterness lingers throughout. Esters back off a bit but still some yeast characteristic comes out.

The body is closer to mid more than anything. A decent carbonation helps the hops shine a bit more. Overall a good red but some flaws in the yeast. (1,108 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. Pours a dark reddish brown in color. Smell is some hops and malt. Not too much to talk about in the taste. Just more of what was found in the nose. Nothing stands out as dominant or catching on the tongue. Decent, but nothing that draws you back in. (277 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Coronado brewery. It was deep red in the glass, which was filled almost to the top, leaving very little room for any head. However, it did leave a bit of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. The flavor was very nicely malty sweet up front, followed by a floral hoppiness--very well balanced for my tastes. I like red/amber ales and this was a good one within the style. (397 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: This one pours a ruby tinged amber. It is very clear. There is a large beige head on mine. It seems to be dissipating rather quickly. The aroma has a bit of caramel, grassy hops and a touch of spiciness to it. The taste is a touch dry, with a slight hint of bitterness to it. Decent enough malt backbone to it. A pretty good beer. Easy to drink. Thanks to Vac for the trade. (387 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark and opaque amber hue with a huge, craggy white head that is mostly sustaining, tons of thick lacing throughout
S- Nose is dominated by caramel malt aromas, some sweet hops and a hint of sugary bubblegum, breads and yeast far in the background
T- Wow, great taste is characterized initially by sweet bread and caramel malts that are not too cloying, in the middle comes some citrus and pine hops, and finishing with a subtle dry bitterness that sticks around for a few seconds
M- Medium-bodied amber ale, smooth and slick texture with an ideal amount of carbonation
D- Label states 5.7%abv which is well-masked, this is one high quality amber that is in my session beer range, the Coronado brewers have done a great job with this revised recipe and I would put this at the top of my Amber List (along with Green Flash's Hop Head Red), I would definitely buy this again in the future and I now have a strong desire to shoot down to CBC tomorrow for the ultra-cheap growler fills! Congrats again to CBC for a great lineup of core ales! (1,048 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper with light amber hues, 1/2" thin creamer like head, decent retent, leaves white lacing streaks on glass.

S- carmel & toffee

T- roasted toffee, toasted malts, pleasant hop flavor, grass and pine, burnt sugar, toffee at finish, nice balance, flavor has a richness to it

M- light bodied and smooth

D- yummy flavor, easy drinking, flavor may be a tad to rich to session this brew, very good red ale though, i'd recommended fans who enjoy a maltier red over a hoppier red (488 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like rootbeer with tomato juice added to it. Some bubble activity occurring at the bottom of the glass. Head is an inch tall, khaki color made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Caramel, fresh dough, cantelope, red fruits and some soapiness. As it warms, a cooked vegetable aroma really takes shape.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Begins like raw dough with caramel swirled through it that just happened to have gotten spiked by some stray soap. What a bummer too, because soapy tastes in beer sucks. Moves towards a stewed veggie type thing reminiscent of carrots, yams and spinach. Finishes with raw almonds, more veggie malts and cloying cider like qualities around the sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel…just a bit fuzzy.

D: This cooked vegetable aroma/taste is killing me. I’m going to finish this beer but its under duress. (872 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark amber with an alright head that mostly disappears. Some stays around though, and that's nice.

Smell: Great caramel malt aroma with a hoppy balance that mixes well. If it tasted just like it smelled, I'd be quite happy.

Taste: The hops are too intense for me to handle without the proper malt balance. It's almost bubble-gummy in it's attempt to balance and it's near butter at the same time. This is kinda strange.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, quite bitter, but with a subdued aftertaste.

Drinkabilty: I like my red ales sweet and mildly bitter... this one was the opposite. (617 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown with a full light brown head. Grassy hops are most prevalent in the aroma. There is also a caramel sweetness with a touch of nutmeg. The sweet malt flavor is well balanced with a lingering bitterness. There is a little bit of a metallic finish. Full bodied and well carbonated. This is pretty refreshing, and one I would have again. (352 characters)

Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
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